Meanwhile, Back At the Shop
The 40 inch mirror is scheduled to be cleaned on Monday by the team at JDSU led by Charles Kennemore. Did I mention that the company, which has taken the new name Viavi Solutions, is donating the coating for the mirror? I can’t repeat it enough! Assuming that we don’t find anything during the cleaning, we are tentatively scheduled for the coating chamber on Tuesday, October 20. Standby for images from both sessions in the next few days.Meanwhile, Mark Hillestad has been busy in the shop putting some color onto the telescope framework. The A-frame, rocker box, base plate and struts all have their first coat of paint. The secondary cage, which is a nice piece of finished wood that was originally built by Jeff Baldwin, will be left with that finish. The next time these parts are re-assembled, they will be housed in the West wing of Robert Ferguson Observatory.
You should be able to see each of the struts, A-frame, box and base in the image, as well as the painter responsible for their new personality.